Next General Sale @ Truro Sale Room, Truro Market, TR1 1RH

Friday 19th October @ 10am

For Private Vendors & Executors


Over 800 lots inc. Ceramics & Glass: Royal Doulton "Flambe" vase, Royal Albert "Old Country Roses" tea set, blue & white transfer printed wares, T.G. Green "Blue Cornish" wares, Gaudy Welsh pottery 4 piece tea set, Lake's Truro Pottery, Crown Ducal "Charlotte Rhead" bowl, collection of Glass paperweights, drinking glasses, decanters, vases etc.

Miscellaneous: Treen, costume jewellery, silver & silver plate, copper, brass, model of a trawler in glass case, toys etc.

Furniture & Furnishings: Early C20 pine box pew, Vict. Walnut wash stand, C19 Mahogany Pembroke table, C19 French pine pot cupboards, small Victorian pine chest of drawers, pine dining tables, white painted bedroom furniture, Victorian Oak writing table, 2x C19 Mahogany breakfast tables, contemporary pine furniture, Danish "flip flap" table, 3 Victorian Mahogany bow fronted chests, Victorian style brass 4 poster bed, Cornish pine dresser, C19 Mahogany secretaire bookcase, pictures & prints, mirrors, clocks, books etc.

Household Electricals & Tools: Flatscreen TVs - Sanyo 26'', Panasonic Viera 30'' & Humax 40'', white goods, Muncher garden shredder, Bosch AXT 22D garden shredder, Tornado 21025 compressor, Flymo garden vac, garden statutory, hand-held electrical tools etc.

Viewing: Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th October 11am-4pm & 8.30am morning of sale. Marguerite's Catering.

Catalogues online in due course.

Enquiries to Carl Nielsen 07738219438


SALE REPORT "On-Line" Antique Auction @ Truro Sale Room

Friday 28th September 10am



On Friday 28th September Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, held their last Antiques & Fine Art auction of 2018. There was strong bidding throughout with over 600 registered online bidders on and with over 200 people registering to bid in the room.

There were some real rarities within the auction which made incredible prices. The rarest, and which made the top price on the day, was a Louis Wain pottery model of the ‘Cubist' Egyptian cat. One of the first cat models made by Louis Wain in 1914, these examples rarely come onto the market, and in such good original condition. It sold on the telephone to a collector for £4100.

In the jewellery section top price went to a 19th century Australian gold openwork brooch, attributed to Hogarth & Erichsen, Sydney, and modelled with a Kangeroo, Emu, possom and bird amongst palm trees. At only 9 grams in weight it far outstripped its scrap value to sell online for £2800. It shows that any unwanted jewellery should be seen by an expert before you scrap or pawn your items. In the watch section a rare early 1960's Titus Calypsomatic stainless steel diver's watch sold for £1700.

There was a strong decorative art selection within the auction, and an Art Deco bronze figure of a bat wing girl by Otto Poetzel sold to a bidder in the room for £850. The selection of Clarice Cliff pottery Bizarre pieces that were in the sale were sought after by trade buyers, and a Butterfly jug sold for £580 and a ‘Newlyn' pattern jug and condiment pot sold for a combined £700. In the miscellaneous section a Welsh carved wood love spoon made £1150. These folk art items were traditionally given by a suiter to his intended wife to show his skill in woodworking, and more importantly to impress his future father-in-law that he can provide for his daughter, and were carved with symbols of love. Ours had a heart, cup and locks with monogram.

As always in Lodge & Thomas auctions there was a strong Oriental section. The top prices were for two Japanese gold lacquer Shibayama Inro, both exquisitely inlaid in mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, ivory and hard stone. One was a typical five sectional example and sold for £1350. The other was a more unusual two section gourd shape and sold for £4000. There was a good selection of Chinese carved jade, which is much prized by Chinese collectors. Top price was for a pale green jade snuff bottle with character written inscriptions which sold for £1600. In the same pale green jade was a rectangular plaque, carved and pierced in relief with a dragon which sold for £1200. Three other pieces of jade sold for a combined £2000.

There was a strong painting section, with an oil on canvas river landscape by the Scottish painter William Miller Frazer selling for £3000. In the clock section a ball gravity clock by Harding & Bazeley of Cheltenham sold for £580 and in the 150 furniture section a 17th century oak refectory table and set of eight matching dining chairs sold for £600.

If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine auction, or to our monthly General Furnishing auctions, contact:

Auctioneer & Valuer Carl Nielsen - 07738 219438


18th May Antiques & Fine Art including Oriental Art @ Truro Sale Room



On Friday 18th May, Lodge & Thomas - Truro Sale Room, sold a Chinese bronze for £41,000 proving to be a record hammer price for a lot within the sale rooms! The Chinese bronze which depicts Amitayus Buddha seated in meditation upon a lotus base, and of a diminutive 10 inches high, had a later painted surface which was extremely fragile and crumbled to the touch. Underneath, tantalisingly revealed, was the original brightly gilded and engraved bronze surface.

There was international interest in the bronze prior to the auction, with Auctioneer Carl Nielsen answering more queries about it than all of the other sale lots combined. With all telephone lines booked, the auction of the bronze soon became a contest between two determined Chinese internet bidders who battled for over five minutes. The item eventually sold to a Chinese Art dealership for £41,220. This piece arrived at the saleroom from a Penzance based deceased estate alongside many other extraordinary Oriental artefacts. Among the items were early English porcelain and tribal weapons all covered in a thick layer of cobwebs and dust.

The bronze was not the only Oriental item that exceeded expectations, the auction had a very strong Oriental section overall and all items were received from local deceased estates and private vendors. Prior to the bronze, a pair of Chinese famille verte large vases, intricately painted with hunting scenes within landscapes with waterfalls and buildings, sold for £8,100 and was the first house record of the day as the estimate was far more modest at £1,000-£1,500. A small carved wood and lacquered Buddha figure also sold well, achieving £2,100. From a lady in Helston came a Chinese blanc de chine porcelain model of Guanyin seated upon a rocky base, almost certainly 18th Century and selling for £2,500. A Wucai vase decorated with playful children, which came from the same vendor, sold for £1,500.

From the Penzance estate was a collection of Oriental weapons including a prunus blossom and calligraphy inscribed carved powder horn, selling for £1,900. A ceremonial Burmese Dha sword with embossed brass hilt and scabbard, sold for £2,000 and a Japanese part suit of armour with Kabuto helmet and Mempo mouthpiece sold to a local collector for £1,400.The auctions high prices weren't completely dominated by the Oriental artefacts as there was a good collection of 17th-19th Century English and Continental porcelain and pottery. Most sought after was a rare 16th Century large Bellarmine jug with the iconic grotesque bearded face on the neck and the body with applied oval armorial devices.

Bellarmine jugs were produced in Germany and used to distribute liquids around the world, because of this, they can be found in early American settler's graves and fragments have been discovered on the Thames foreshore. This particular jug was missing its handle but didn't deter two American online bidders who competed for it before the gavel went down at £5,200!

Further exciting items included an 18th Century Wedgwood cane ware miniature tea set for two which sold for £1,200 and three mid-18th Century porcelain blue and white pickle dishes, which included a rare example by Limehouse, which sold for £980. Textiles rarely sets the auction world alight but this time a Persian silk embroidered cover or wall hanging was the ‘sleeper' of the day selling for ten times its estimate at £4,100!

Quality furniture is still very much in demand at Lodge & Thomas, indeed the second best price of the day went to a Regency Chiffonier from a Truro deceased estate. The brass mounted chiffonier was correctly identified by the Auctioneer as a fine example of the work of the famous furniture makers Gillows of Lancaster. Although these pieces were usually stamped with a makers mark, this example wasn't, but the quality and design had all the attributes of the famous cabinet makers. This item sold for £7,200 to a private collector who had travelled from London to attend the auction and was ecstatic to add this to his collection.

The auction had many remarkable results, too numerous to mention in this brief reflective article, proving it to be one of the most remarkable auctions in Cornwall in recent years.

If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine Art auction scheduled for Friday 28th September contact Auctioneer 

Carl Nielsen 07738 219438


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